Warm Quinoa and Asparagus Salad

This might have something to do with a certain taco eating contest or just my general lapse in nutritious eating, but I've really been craving some healthy eats. When I think of health food, I instantly think of quinoa. It's a complete protein (very important for vegetarians) and packed full of fiber, magnesium and iron. Somewhere along the way, quinoa fell out of my regular rotation of food and I really don't know why, because besides being undeniably nutritious, it's also quick and delicious. A simple ratio of one part quinoa to two parts water and a cooking time of 15 minutes and you've got your quinoa ready to eat. I sauteed some farm fresh asparagus and sliced red onions to complete my salad. I diced up a few roasted rainbow carrots and romanesco florets that I had leftover, but really any vegetable would work. I tossed my fluffed quinoa with my vegetables together and for flavoring added a squeeze of lemon juice, cumin powder and a handful of mint leaves.

Here's to welcoming back quinoa into my life. Next up, I'm thinking a tabouli where I substitute quinoa for bulgur wheat. My body thanks me.


  • Singing Horse

    14 Mar 2009 04:03 pm

    [this is good] Great photos!  I love this combo, because I love both quinoa and asparagus.  Yummy yum!

  • Purplesque

    15 Mar 2009 10:03 am

    [this is good] Quinoa and asparagus..delightful!

    I have tried tabouli with quinoa-it is good.

  • SandyU

    16 Mar 2009 05:03 pm

    Mmmm, this looks great! I can’t wait till asparagus time – we have a pretty good patch of it going in our garden.  I like the flavor of red quinoa best, but I can’t always find it…

  • Laurel

    16 Mar 2009 06:03 pm

    I’m going to have this tonight!  Thanks :)

  • Shalom

    31 Mar 2009 01:03 am

    [this is good] I can’t wait to try this!

  • Strawberry

    04 Apr 2009 05:04 pm

    Looks so delicious!!!

  • blackmanos

    06 Apr 2009 02:04 am

    [this is good]


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